Milo Marchetti, a musician and club owner in Trieste, Italy, smells trouble when an exotic woman who resembles his dead wife entices him into arranging a murder for her. Despite his reservations, she answers his cash-flow problem—and he desires her too. Soon their budding romance is strained to its limits as her duplicity thrusts him into a maelstrom of violence: someone wants her kidnapped or dead and the reasons appear as many as the suspects. Is it her brother who has threatened to kill Milo and is bizarrely obsessed with her? Is it the ex-Christian zealot, Milica, Milo’s possessive lover? What about Paolo Mazzola, scion of a crime gang, who wants revenge on her family? Or is it the Islamist extremist who Milo wants to kill for his own revenge? Drawn into a dangerous affair and dreaming of power, will Milo commit murder for her? When shocking truths about the woman rock their volatile romance, a distraught Milo faces a choice: a deceitful lover and power or abandon her to the horrible fate of a living hell and return to his old life as a musician? Or is another shock in store for Milo?
Blood Rain in Trieste's witty, morally pragmatic Milo Marchetti will appeal to fans of Philip Kerr's hard detective, Bernie Gunther, Robert Wilson's West Africa fixer, Bruce Medway, and Len Deighton's insubordinate Harry Palmer. If you want a furiously paced thriller with memorable characters and uneasy love, this is it. Don't expect a pat ending.